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These Routine Tasks Pave the Way for the More Exciting Parts of Business Ownership

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Taking the plunge and starting your own business is an incredibly exciting step. But make no mistake about it, starting a business is also a lot of work. And some of that work can be tedious. From securing funding to setting up your accounting, there are a lot of elements to starting a business. But don't worry, we're here to help you navigate the waters. In this blog post, we'll cover some of the less-exciting aspects of starting a business and how to tackle them head-on.

Fund Your Venture

Anyone who has ever started a business knows that there are a million and one things to do, and finding funding is often near the top of the list. It can be tempting to put this off in favor of more exciting tasks, but it is important to remember that funding is essential for getting your business off the ground.

Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help you find the funding you need. The Small Business Administration offers loan programs and advice on finding investors, while crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter can help you connect with potential donors.

Make It Legal

Depending on the type of business you start, you may need to apply for licenses and permits from both the state and federal governments. This can be a cumbersome process, but it's important to make sure that you're following all the necessary regulations for your type of business. Legitimizing your business ensures you're compliant, and you don't want to get fined down the road because you didn't apply for the right permit.

Consider Forming an LLC

Another boring but important aspect of starting a business is choosing the right legal structure. This will determine things like how much tax you'll pay and what kind of liability protection you'll have. One popular option for small businesses is choosing an LLC designation. Limited liability companies offer many benefits, including protecting your personal assets in case your business is sued and pass-through taxation (which means that LLC owners only pay taxes on their share of profits, not on the company's overall income). The process of setting up an LLC typically requires five steps, including choosing a registered agent and applying for an EIN.

Get Accounting and Payroll Ready                                                      

Setting up your accounting and payroll systems may not be the most thrilling task, but it's an essential part of running a successful business. You'll need to track incoming revenue, outgoing expenses, and employee compensation in order to stay compliant with state and federal tax laws. There are many software options available to help streamline this process; find one that works best for your business model.

Develop a Marketing Campaign

Once you've taken care of all the boring stuff, it's time to start thinking about marketing your business! Creating a marketing strategy can be fun and creative, but it's also important to make sure that your marketing efforts are aligned with your business goals.

Figure out who your target market is and what channels they use most frequently (hint: social media is usually a good bet), and then craft content that speaks directly to them. If you need help getting started, there are plenty of resources available online or you can hire a marketing consultant to assist you.

As you can see, there's more to starting a business than just having a great idea; you also need to deal with the boring stuff! But don't let that deter you from achieving your entrepreneurial dreams. Just roll up your sleeves, power through those less exciting tasks, and before you know it, you'll be well on your way to running a successful small business!

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